I received this book for free from Shadow Mountain Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Promised by Leah Garriott
Published by Shadow Mountain on February 18, 2020
Genres: 19th Century, Clean Romance, proper romance
Source: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Margaret Brinton keeps her promises, and the one she is most determined to keep is the promise to protect her heart.
Warwickshire, England, 1812
Fooled by love once before, Margaret vows never to be played the fool again. To keep her vow, she attends a notorious matchmaking party intent on securing the perfect marital match: a union of convenience to someone who could never affect her heart. She discovers a man who exceeds all her hopes in the handsome and obliging rake Mr. Northam.
There’s only one problem. His meddling cousin, Lord Williams, won’t leave Margaret alone. Condescending and high-handed, Lord Williams lectures and insults her. When she refuses to give heed to his counsel, he single-handedly ruins Margaret’s chances for making a good match—to his cousin or anyone else. With no reason to remain at the party, Margaret returns home to discover her father has promised her hand in marriage—to Lord Williams.
Under no condition will Margaret consent to marrying such an odious man. Yet as Lord Williams inserts himself into her everyday life, interrupting her family games and following her on morning walks, winning the good opinion of her siblings and proving himself intelligent and even kind, Margaret is forced to realize that Lord Williams is exactly the type of man she’d hoped to marry before she’d learned how much love hurt. When paths diverge and her time with Lord Williams ends, Margaret is faced with her ultimate choice: keep the promises that protect her or break free of them for one more chance at love. Either way, she fears her heart will lose.
Margaret last engagement didn’t go so well, to end the embarrassment she decided to go to a family friends house to see if she can find a suitor that will marry on convenience and not love, because she doesn’t want to do that again. What she wasn’t expecting was the arrogant Lord Williams and his cousin, Mr Northam. Quickly realized that Mr Northam was the man for her but was quickly whisked away home before she could get her proposal only to find out when she gets home she is engaged to Lord Williams. The story takes on a fun and heartbreaking journey as these two try to figure out what exactly they want but Mr Northam isn’t out of the picture yet.
This was such a beautifully written book. I loved the story and the characters. I think I might have fallen in love with Lord Williams also. Reading each word created such a beautiful visual in my head, this types of books are the ones I like best. Margaret and Lord Williams are just a wonderful couple even if they didn’t realize it at first. I know for a fact I could never survive in this world, proper is not my thing and reading the way they talked to woman way back in time, was awful. But I loved how spunky Margaret is and how she seems to try and keep being a lady but had no problem telling you what she thought. I would totally have loved to be her friend. Moments in this book broke my heart and just made me feel so sad for Margaret and Lord Williams. Margaret was so hurt by what happened before that she kept herself so guarded. It was like you can feel her pain in the pages. I really just wanted to give her a hug and tell her to cheer up, you got this girl! I adored all the other characters in this book even the snobby ones. 🙂
Overall I loved this book, I loved the story, the characters, the banter and the heartache that came with it story. I just loved everything about this book! I can not wait to read more stories from this author!
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